This is the most popular portrait photo that I’ve ever shot. What made this photo so popular? Well, a combination of the model’s expression, background, lighting, color, and a bit of post-processing to remove distractions and brighten the scene up.
You may ask, how do I define popularity? Well, the metrics come from how many people ‘Liked’ and ‘Favorites’ this photo on various social media channels including Facebook, Flickr, and 500px. But you’d be amazed to know that this shot wasn’t planned at all. We were just walking past this concrete bench and I asked her to just sit there and I’d take a quick shot.
The picture didn’t look nearly as good on the back of my camera. I shoot raw, that means photos generally look less colorful, noisy, less sharp, and generally dull.
But don’t get me wrong. Shooting raw has its advantages. It can help you in post-processing more than you can imagine. If you shoot any type of pictures and you haven’t given raw a try, you should do it now!